DJ Baauer (Harry Rodrigues in New York, USA) has rocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on the strength of the Harlem Shake Youtube meme. The Harlem Shake trend started on February 2, 2013, with a group of skater teenagers on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, perhaps inspired by a section of a video by Youtube vlogger Filthy Frank. Their home made music video begins with a single camera shot of a guy in a motorcycle helmet dancing to DJ Baauer’s Harlem Shake. When the main beat comes in the rest of the boys join in the pelvic thrusting. The video has led to thousands of tribute and spoof videos, including tributes by Red Bull, Lynx and SaveOnEnergy.com.
PHLOn NAN uploaded his Version 2, building the viral momentum.
On February 7th, YouTuber hiimrawn uploaded “Harlem Shake v3 (office edition)” featuring the staff of film production company Maker Studios.
Red Bull attempts to put an end to the viral nonsense with “Skydive – The End”.
University of Georgia Men’s Swim & Dive team do the Harlem Shake.
SaveOnEnergy do the Harlem Shade, demonstrating the importance of good electricity deals.
Lynx dangle a few products in their version of the Harlem Shake.
Filthy Frank, the dirty vlogger, loaded his full version of the Harlem Shake.
SeaWorld San Antonio, complete with Comic Sans, enlist staff and animals.